Eating healthy on a budget

Many people have the misconception that eating healthily requires spending more money on food. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Not only do you not have to compromise on flavour or speed, it is possible to buy fresh foods without splashing all your cash.

While junk food may be cheap, the repercussions of eating poorly are not. Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are taxing on both your body and wallet. With a little extra planning and preparation anyone can eat well on a tight budget. 

Here are seven tips to keep your waist and wallet looking their best;

1. Make a list and eat before you shop
Visit the supermarket hungry and you’ll leave with way more than you had planned to buy. Make sure that your stomach doesn’t do the talking by writing a list of what you need before you head out. You’ll be much more likely to stick to your budget this way.

2. Buy locally and in season
Buying in season means spending a lot less and buying local produce ensures that your food is more nutrient-dense. Cheaper and fresher food is a win-win situation.

3. Choose generic or home brands
When it comes to basics such as milk, butter, rice and frozen veggies, home brand products can be just as good, if not better, than the name brand equivalents. Because home brands don’t have a middleman, you can often buy an identical product for less money.

4. Stock up on frozen goods
Frozen fruit and veggies are packed in their prime, helping to lock in nutrients. They also reduce wastage by not sitting in your fridge and going off. Stock up on frozen goods to ensure that you always have the essentials for a healthy meal on hand.

5. Watch the specials
Catalogues are a great way to see which produce is in season and check the deals of the week. For example, buying extra meat when it goes on sale, and storing it in the freezer until you’re ready to use it, can save money.

6. Invest in eggs
Eggs are a fantastic way to get protein, with one whole egg containing all of the essential amino acids. Compared to other protein sources, such as meat, they are also relativelyinexpensive.

7. Visit the farmers’ market
Not only are food miles reduced when you shop at farmers’ markets, but because you’re cutting out the middleman, local growers will often have the best deals for fresh and in-season produce.

What are your tips for eating healthy on a budget and saving money on food shopping?

Written by SJ